The Best Of Blue Note (2LP)

I found this glorious set, in my travels, and I had already bought and paid for it before I realized what I was doing. It’s like I came to, and I had the record and a sales receipt in my hands. That’s what I told my lovely wife. It’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

So I made sure that I had occasion to be in the Man Cave, and after a quick clean-up, I dropped the needle and floated away…

I’m including the tracks and personnel (below), so you can witness the beauty and power. Thanks to Discogs for making sure I didn’t have to type this all out again.

Various ‎– The Best Of Blue Note
Label: Blue Note ‎– BST2 84429
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Jazz
Style: Hard Bop, Modal


A1 Bud Powell – Un Poco Loco

Bass – Curly Russell
Drums – Max Roach
Piano – Powell
Written-By – Earl “Bud” Powell

A2 James Moody – Tin Tin Deo

Bass – Nelson Boyd
Bongos, Vocals – Chano Poxo
Drums – Art Blakey
Piano – James ‘Hen Gates’ Forman
Saxophone [Alto] – Ernie Henry
Saxophone [Baritone] – Cecil Payne
Saxophone [Tenor] – James Moody
Trumpet – Dave Burns, Elmon Wright
Written-By – Chano Pozo

A3 Thelonious Monk – Criss Cross

Bass – Al Mckibbon
Drums – Art Blakey
Piano – Monk
Saxophone [Alto] – Sahib Shihab
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Milt Jackson
Written-By – Thelonious Monk

A4 Milt Jackson – Bags’ Groove

Bass – Percy Heath
Drums – Kenny Clarke
Piano – John Lewis
Saxophone [Alto] – Lou Donaldson
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Jackson
Written-By – Milt Jackson

A5 Clifford Brown – Cherokee

Bass – Percy Heath
Drums – Art Blakey
Piano – Gil Coggins
Saxophone [Alto] – Gigi Gryce
Saxophone [Tenor] – Charlie Rouse
Trumpet – Clifford Brown
Written-By – Ray Noble

A6 Miles Davis – Tempus Fugit

Bass – Percy Heath
Drums – Art Blakey
Piano – Gil Coggins
Saxophone [Tenor] – Jimmy Heath
Trombone – J.J. Johnson
Trumpet – Davis
Written-By – Earl “Bud” Powell

B1 John Coltrane – Blue Train

Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – Philly Joe Jones
Piano – Kenny Drew
Saxophone [Tenor] – Coltrane
Trombone – Curtis Fuller
Trumpet – Lee Morgan
Written-By – John Coltrane

B2 Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage

Bass – Ron Carter
Drums – Tony Williams
Piano – Herbie Hancock
Saxophone [Tenor] – George Coleman
Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard
Written-By – Herbie Hancock

B3 Donald Byrd – Christo Redentor

Arranged By [Arranger] – Duke Pearson
Bass – Butch Warren
Choir – The Coleridge Perkinson Choir
Drums – Lex Humphreys
Guitar – Kenny Burrell
Piano – Herbie Hancock
Saxophone [Tenor] – Hank Mobley
Trumpet – Byrd
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Donald Best
Written-By – Duke Pearson

C1 Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’

Bass – Jymie Merritt
Drums – Blakey
Piano – Bobby Timmons
Saxophone [Tenor] – Benny Golson
Trumpet – Lee Morgan
Written-By – Bobby Timmons

C2 Lou Donaldson – Blues Walk

Bass – Peck Morrison
Congas – Ray Barretto
Drums – Dave Bailey
Piano – Herman Foster
Saxophone [Alto] – Donaldson
Written-By – Lou Donaldson

C3 Horace Silver – Song For My Father

Bass – Teddy Smith
Drums – Roger Humphries
Piano – Silver
Saxophone [Tenor] – Joe Henderson
Trumpet – Carmell Jones
Written-By – Horace Silver

D1 Jimmy Smith – Back To The Chicken Shack

Drums – Donald Bailey
Guitar – Kenny Burrell
Organ – Smith
Saxophone [Tenor] – Stanley Turrentine
Written-By – Jimmy Smith

D2 Kenny Burrell – Chitlins Con Carne

Bass – Major Holley
Congas – Ray Barretto
Drums – Bill English
Guitar – Kenny Burrell
Saxophone [Tenor] – Stanley Turrentine
Written-By – Kenny Burrell

D3 Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder

Bass – Bob Cranshaw
Drums – Billy Higgins
Piano – Barry Harris
Saxophone [Tenor] – Joe Henderson
Trumpet – Morgan
Written-By – Lee Morgan

Yas yas yas!


Posted on February 4, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I’ve always wondered about this jazz terminology. What is “hard bop”? I know what “hard Bop” is, or rather who….

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I thought this was a post about jeans.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. You’d need to tread some mean jazz streets to find a better intro to that particular era. Fabulous.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Oh man. Ive delved deep into this kind of music. From 55 to about 67 no one did this better than Blue Note.


  5. This looks like a pretty stellar set. All the masters on there!


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